You can play jazz on any style ukulele. Here are a few in the jazz guitar tradition.
Although you can play any style music on any ukulele. There are certain styles of instrument associated with particular styles of music. Think archtop guitars and jazz. Maccaferri and Selmer style guitar associated with Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz styles.
With that in mind here a few builders that can build you an archtop or Django style ukulele. Kala makes a production ukulele that is in the archtop guitar style. I personally think the Django style ukulele is really cool.
Our family store, Funky Frets carries the line of ukuleles and accessories.
( from the Kala site ) - KALA BRAND UKULELES HAVE JUST BEGUN, BUT OUR ROOTS GO BACK A BIT.
Hawaiian Definitions of KALA (pronounced Kah’ la)
(from the Kepasa Ukulele web site ) - Reason for Building Ukuleles- I can't think of a good reason not to build ukuleles! I got bitten by the ukulele bug in early 2004. One thing lead to another, and I figured if I could play them, I could build them. Easier said than done.
( from listing's site ) - Ko’olau Guitars and 'Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko’olau Mountains.
( from listing's site ) - I specialize in custom made stringed instruments of all sorts...
Whatever You’d like to ask for - perhaps a jazz-mandola, bouzoukis, speciality guitars small or big, A or F mandolins, tenor guitars, ukuleles, a mando-uke, banjos, electric guitars and mandolins, carved tops and backs, fancy woods, custom inlays, french polish... whatever you’ve seen in the books or heard of... don’t hesitate to ask for your own special instrument. There will be a way to make your dream come true at a reasonable price!
(from their site) Island Jazz & Island Jazz Cutaway
Inspired by the Selmer Jazz Guitars made in Paris in the 1930's and made famous by Django Rheinhardt. Striking curly koa back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, ebony peg head overlay, bound top and back with grained ivoroid, Po Mahina inlay in peg head, abalone position markers at 3,5,7,10,12,15 and abalone inlay around small oval sound hole. Slightly longer scale than regular models.
The Jazz Uke, acoustic version
Corresponding in size to the tenor ukulele, the Uke has a scale length of 39 cm. It is built like an acoustic archtop guitar, with parallel bracing and handcrafted arched top and back. The one-piece bridge provides a very direct transmission of string vibration to the body. The Uke is amplified by a single-coil pickup made by Coil Tec.
( from listing's site ) - I got my first guitar when i was about 13.A cheap and extremely nasty plywood model with metal strings about 1/2 " off the fingerboard (got me started on slide mind!) First thing I did was shave down the floating bridge to save my soft little fingers -it was the start of a long journey.
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